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Pentagon: Senior Al-Qaida Member Killed in Syria

The Pentagon says a senior al-Qaida external operations planner was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Syria. A "long-serving facilitator and courier" for al-Qaida who had ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior leaders, Haydar Kirkan, was killed on October 17 in Idlib province, Captain Jeff Davis said at a news briefing in Washington. Kirkan was "somebody we were targeting based upon his proven track record" and he was "actively engaged in planning external...

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